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Total Factor Productivity and R&D Spillovers


  • Higon, M Dolores Anon

    (University of Warwick)


The main purpose of this paper is to present new evidence on the long run relationship between R&D efforts and productivity performance of UK manufacturing industries in the presence of inter-industry and international spillovers of technology. The main dataset used to perform this analysis is a panel of eight UK manufacturing industries over the period 1970 to 1997. The empirical results indicate that there is a positive and significant link between industry's R&D activities and productivity in the long run. In addition, robust evidence was found of positive and significant domestic R&D externalities. Conversely, the finding that international spillovers do not contribute to TFP suggests that R&D spillovers are primarily an intra-national phenomenon, which may serve as a warning against under-estimating the importance of domestic technological efforts and over-estimating the potential contribution of international spillovers.

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  • Higon, M Dolores Anon, 2003. "Total Factor Productivity and R&D Spillovers," Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 107, Royal Economic Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:ac2003:107

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    1. Peter Ebbes, 2007. "A non-technical guide to instrumental variables and regressor-error dependencies (in Russian)," Quantile, Quantile, issue 2, pages 3-20, March.

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    R&D spillovers; total factor productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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